Monday, 29 August 2011

Sunday villain: Jaws

He's a bit iconic, yeah? Truth be told, I'm not really sold on Jaws as a threatening bad guy. He has metal teeth and is a big fella who can take a punch.

That's it? If Nelly had all of his nerves removed (something I think may actually benefit the world), you'd have the same bloke (except a bit shorter). Still, people seem to respond to the character and I could hardly go through this series of villain portraits without including him.

The more I drew him (yes, this isn't just an off-hand sketch, despite appearances to the contrary) the more I realised that he'd make a pretty cool caricature. Apparently, Richard Kiel (who played him in the movies) has a condition called acromegaly which commonly exaggerates facial features. Bad news for him, but if ever he plonked himself in front of a portrait painter, the artist would be blessed with an easy commission. Nothing's worse than a plain face.

So here he is, in green pencil for some reason.

Episode 20

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Bames Jond on Saturday! - 27/08/11

Apologies for the lateness of the strip today, we had a few moles removed from the agency this morning. Suffice to say the country is safe once again and you can all sleep soundly in your beds. Unless you're Russian, in which case WE WILL DEFEAT YOU.

What? The Cold War isn't over, is it?

Oh, Christ.

Looks like we could use a distraction to avoid some kind of international incident. Lucky for us, Pete Scarborough has provided it with the winning entry to the latest script contest. Feast your eyes!

Jond's intolerance to alcohol is well known to us at Her Majesty's Laundry Service as we often have to deal with the vomit on his tuxedos. It's good that Mr Scarborough has at last raised this awkward topic. Maybe now Bames will understand the consequences of his actions (but we doubt it).

To be in with a chance of writing the next Bames Jond on Saturday strip, take a gander at the blank strip below and send your funniest effort to before next weekend. It will look all fancy in colour. What more could you want?

Oh fine, we'll clean your vomit stains, too.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Bames Jond on Saturday! - 20/08/11


So anyway, if you want to prevent such a last-minute atrocity from appearing this time next week, send the funniest script you can think up for the blank strip below to before next Saturday rolls around.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Bames Jond on Saturday! - 13/08/11

Sadly, Bames Jond on Saturday is taking a week off, due to deadline pressures. Colouring a three-panel strip is surprisingly time-consuming...

Good news, though! It means you have another week to get your ever-so-witty scripts in for the current strip.

Send your effort to before midday Friday and your comedy will be immortalised in lovely lovely colour. If it's any good, of course. And is better than the other entries. Basically, it's a contest. Get used to it.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Sunday Villain: Baron Samedi

I had a lot of fun with this one. It's hard to beat this fella as far as visuals go in Bond villains. Baron Samedi is best known to me as one of the most annoying bad guys in the Goldeneye N64 game, but that's only because I never really watched Live and Let Die. I guess I should. 

One of things I want to do with this Sunday blog is to try out a variety of styles and different methods. It's fair to say that the Blofeld pic a couple of weeks ago wasn't too far removed from this, but I wanted to make this one big and bold, with the features defined by throwing chunky marker swipes on the paper. Sadly, my chunky black marker dried up (used it as shading) and so I had to make do with a regular marker pen. 

I knew from the start that I had to draw half on coloured paper and half on white, with an organic rip down the middle. the hat is a third piece of paper. Basically, uncropped this image is a bundle of angles and masking tape. Still, I'm quite pleased with how it worked. 

Materials: Various papers, marker, gel pen, oil pastel.   

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Bames Jond on Saturday! - 06/08/11

Hey slackers! Where were all of the scripts for this week?

As it turns out, we got precisely two entries to the contest this time around, and since they both tickled the ribs of Her Majesty's Laundry Service, they share the spoils (such as they are).

The strips are by, respectively, Mike Exner III and Pete Scarborough (both of whom entered last week too). Their efforts have been noted and we will watch their careers with interest. HMLS is always looking for new blood. And Linda. Never stop looking. Never stop looking for Linda.

Think you can do better? Are your witty asides and barbed comments going to waste in your day job as a chicken sexer? Get it out of your system by entering the Week 3 contest!

All you have to do is send your highly amusing script for the blank strip below to and if Her Majesty's Laundry Service spit their darjeeling in amusement, it may end up all coloured this time next week. Immortality! Fame! Slippers!

Get writing, ye fools!